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How to find a kitchen layout to suit your lifestyle

Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes and you can be spoilt for choice with layout and formation options when starting out on a kitchen project.

When planning a kitchen layout, think carefully about how you use and move within the space and how you see your family using the room in the future. Practicality is key and the shape you select should be able not only to accommodate your lifestyle, but enhance it.

KITCHEN LAYOUT IDEAS

Here is Magnet’s guide to kitchen layouts for lifestyles is a go-to when planning a kitchen.

1. KITCHEN FOR ENTERTAINING – THE L-SHAPED KITCHEN

An L-shaped kitchen is a classic, timeless design. The layout utilises the two adjoining walls of a room to allow a continuous flow of worktops and cabinets. It leaves open floor space that allows the kitchen to be accessible from any angle. This design keeps the central area free, so you can add an island to fill with cocktails, dinner party dining table, or keep it bare to create a more open feel. The L-shaped kitchen is perfect for entertaining, as it is compact yet spacious and allows plenty of room for mingling or even a spot of dancing with loved ones.

Kitchen layout ideas

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2. KITCHEN FOR COOKING – THE GALLEY KITCHEN

The galley shape is one of the most space efficient layouts, making it ideal for keen cooks and smaller kitchens. It features two parallel worktops with a modest space to move around in between. This specific layout is perfect for cooking, as you can alternate between each worktop with ease whilst preparing your meal, often between hob on one side and spacious worktops on the other. It generally offers a generous amount of food preparation space and multiple storage possibilities, so everything you need to create your delicious dish is conveniently close by.

Kitchen layout ideas

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3. KITCHEN FOR SMALL SPACES – THE PENINSULA KITCHEN

Choosing the right kitchen for a smaller space can not only increase functionality but can also add to your desired aesthetic. The Peninsula kitchen provides all the benefits of an island kitchen, but requires less floor capacity. Rather than a free-standing workspace, the island surface is attached to a wall on one side and can be used in a variety of ways; for countertop food preparation, additional storage or as a casual dining area. This particular layout is ideal for small homes, as it offers plenty of storage room and the use of the extended counter-top means it can double up as a kitchen/dining area without taking up valuable space.

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4. KITCHEN FOR A LARGE SPACE – THE U-SHAPED KITCHEN

It’s easy to be spoilt for choice when deciding upon a kitchen layout for a large area, but don’t overlook one of the most popular layouts, the U-shape, which can be the perfect match for a generously sized kitchen. To suit the open space, this particular layout is comprised of worktops on three connecting sides to allow for ample room for cooking. This design is created for high efficiency cooking accommodates the ‘working triangle’ perfectly, meaning you can easily move between the three key cooking components, sink, oven and refrigerator. This layout encourages smooth food preparation, plenty of practical storage space and allows two chefs to be operating at once, making mealtimes a real team effort.

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5. KITCHEN FOR FAMILIES – THE ISLAND KITCHEN

To tie a family kitchen together, the addition of an island can be the final piece to the puzzle. Usually suited to medium-to-large sized kitchens, an island can contribute valuable extra storage and worktop space that’s so sought after by large families. When prepping meals at the island, parents can keep one eye on dinner and one on the kids too. Then in the evenings, it can transform into a dining table or even an office and homework club, offering the family a place to catch up and congregate, truly making the kitchen the heart of the home.

Open-plan kitchen ideas

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